Dartnell, 1991

Dartnell, 1992

Winner of Eli's Cartoon Caption Contest No. 141

"Sorry, chum . . . there are NO school snow-days! I grabbed my snow globe, by                                                     mistake."

                                               (by Kay Ralph)


My original caption: "It's the same old story -- you're going to meet a girl . . . then you'll lose her . . . but in the end you'll win her back."


Congratulations, Kay Ralph, for this big second victory (the first one was not that long ago, in Contest No. 138). This certainly solidifies your claim to the title of "one of the funniest people around".

Lots of good captions were submitted, and these are the ones that got serious consideration for top honors:

"Sorry, you'll never be taller." (by Harvey Appelbaum)

"Your reading is coming in a bit cloudy, but for $50 more it will become much clearer." (by Diane)

"You wouldn't believe how silly the curved reflection of your face looks!" (by David Grand)

"Let me Google that for you . . . " (by Marc)

"You will definitely be getting older in the future. And wiser. That'll be 100 dollars." (by Rich Wolf)

"I'll be right with you. I just need to finish this Hallmark movie." (by charles vaughan)

"Things are a little cloudy. My wifi router is acting up again." (by Ronn Roxx)

By the way, I have to comment on Ronn Roxx's caption, "A complete reading is fifty dollars, but there's a five dollar mail-in rebate." It happens to be the exact wording of my original caption for Contest No. 126. Check it out. And . . . Ronn Roxx . . . don't you agree that the caption works much better with a woman customer than with a kid customer? Betcha thought I wouldn't notice, huh?

A new contest will be coming up soon, so be on the lookout for it. And thanks for participating. 



Eli's Cartoon Caption Contest No. 141

Contest No. 141 starts right now.

Briefly, here are the details: I'll supply a drawing of one of my old cartoons that has never been published, leaving off my caption. You are invited to supply your funniest captions. Simply (1) click on "Add New Comment". Then (2) scroll down past any other submitted captions and type in your name and your caption in the spaces provided. Then (3) click "Save".

Your caption (or captions) will be posted after I review your submission. Also, no captions at all will be posted for the first few days of each contest. This is to give everybody a chance to submit their spontaneous, gut-instinct caption without fear of discovering that it was ripped off by somebody else's similar spontaneous, gut-instinct caption. This is an equal opportunity contest!

There is no limit on the number of captions you may enter for each drawing, but I will only post and consider the first 15 captions from any contestant. Entries will be accepted and posted for one week, after which a winner will be announced and the winning caption will be printed. Below that I will also print my original caption.

The cut-off time and date for you to send in your captions is midnight Tuesday, December 11, 2018.  

I will be the sole judge. The winning caption will be the one I judge to be the funniest one submitted (not necessarily the one that matches or comes closest to my original caption). Additional rules and regulations, for those of you who need such things, can be found here.

Below is the drawing that needs your funny captions.

Report to Legal Management, 1996

Dartnell, 1991

The Chronicle of Higher Education, 1993

Bureau of Business Practice, 1997

Personnel Journal, 1987

Winner of Eli's Cartoon Caption Contest No. 140

            "Do you have anything that says 'I really really care, but not

                                   more than this 99 cent card'?"

                                             (by Ronn Roxx)


My original caption: Do you have a sympathy card for a store that doesn't know how to spell 'occasion'?"


Congratulations on your second win, Ronn Roxx! You have out-captioned everybody else, proving once again that you are one of the funniest people around.

Okay, I confess that this particular contest drawing was a sort of spelling test for all of you captioneers (please see my original caption, above). And now I can safely conclude, without too much fear of contradiction, that a great majority of you either don't know how to spell "occasion", or just don't care.

So I was having a good deal of fun with the whole thing. By the way, I honestly feel that my original caption is by far the funniest of the lot. In fact, the only way I could have made it funnier is by wording it "Do you have a sympathy card for a cartoonist who doesn't know how to spell 'occasion'?" But that caption would have been an inside joke and would have broken the "fourth wall" that exists between the cartoonist and the reader. Some cartoonists do this on a fairly regular basis, but I'm just not one of them.

Anyway, this was a good batch of captions, and here are the other ones that were being seriously considered:

"It says, 'Mery Chrristmas'." (by Gayden Wren). This was one of the few captions that obviously acknowledged the mis-spelling of "occasion". It's very good, but the basic trouble with it is that the wording doesn't give a clue as to any connection with the sign or the mis-spelling. To me, this caption created more confusion than humor.

"This one says 'Hoppy Berthday'. No wonder they're in the discount card section." (by Richard Wolf)

"Mastering the POTTY is an occasion now?" ( by Kay Ralph)

"I'm looking for a sympathy card for a bad hair day." (by Cary Antebi)


Be on the lookout for Contest No. 141, coming up soon . . . maybe it won't be so tricky.



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